This Is Your Police Department
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- Detroit Police Field Day Committee
Film on Detroit Police officers in two-parts one on the annual Detroit Police Field Day; the other on the hiring and training of cops. Annual outdoor police rally
Battalions of police department members march, ride horses and motorcycles and otherwise parade past the camera's lens.
Police marching bands. Close-order drills.
Track and field events. One division of policewomen seen.
Hiring and training of officers. Target practice. first aid classes. Cadets, in what appears to be their underwear, practice "commando" movements with rifles in a gymnasium.
Lie detector / polygraph.
Drunkometer / breathalyzer; ballistics test consisting of firing a gun into a box. School crossing; walking the beat. Helps little girl eating ice cream cone. Precinct map. Dispatchers. Police cars.
Police respond to holdup. Shots fired; bang bang. Cop shot.
Surprise shots: Plainclothes cops all wearing light-colored fedoras and suits march past. Real cops acting as clowns including a couple in drag. Tug-of-war
"this is your police department in review. These are the guardians of your city."
Domestic disputes called "family trouble."
"Joe had visions of being a hero, of defending some frail little woman whose husband was mistreating her. But in this case, Joe was told by a ruffled lady of the house to mind his own business. If she and her husband wanted to throw things at each other, that was their business."
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Nice image of a store-lined street in Detroit. Women leisurely walk by the store windows. A police officer walks in the opposite direction, and turns to look at a man walking by.
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A police car speeds by a line of traffic on a downtown Detroit street and rounds a corner. Pedestrians stop and stare. Detroit looks more like a town than a city.
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Strange image of retired policemen dressed as clowns running around a track at the Police Field Day in Detroit. One of them rides a bicycle and two others are strung together. They wave to the crowd. Cut to clowns dressed in wedding gear and then to a man dressed in drag (with a surly expression) slowly walking by the crowd.
polygraph Detroit, Michigan (History and culture) Danger Lurks
- 2002-07-16 00:00:00
- Closed captioning
- United States
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Subject: Detroit Police Dept 1950's.
1/2 of this is the Field Day. I noticed one of the several decorated cops was a Jersey White. Look carefully.
Subject: Celebrating hometown militarism
"...the guardians of your city: the MEN of the Detroit police department" (Yes, MEN is emphasized)
"...these are the guardians of your city, men who work together 365 days a year to serve the people of Detroit. Work together as an integrated team..."
But then, despite this ballyhoo of about men protecting the city, and after the uniformed policemen and all-male plainclothes detectives march by, we see:
"...some of Detroit policewomen, officers of the law, from the women's division loyal, like their brother officers, to the departmental motto: TUEBOR - I will protect."
Dressed in outfits that look somewhat like nurse uniforms they, unlike their "brother officers", apparently protected without the use of guns, as they appear to be unarmed.
Now that's what I call a thankless job. This is the era that some recall so fondly. Perhaps the urge to be recognized as equals explains why today it is not uncommon to see US policewomen outdo their brothers in brutality.
Notice, not one African American on this force....when did this change in Detroit ?
Corporatism was just starting to propagandize the Country and we fell for it hook line and sinker.
I think there was still actual respect for the badge and city at this point , but it wasn't too long after it all changed.
Subject: Yu Kiddin'..?
Subject: this is your police department
My family has a combined total of close to, if not more than, 300 years service the Police and Sheriff departments of southeastern Michigan.
Subject: First Half Of The Video Is OK, But.....
The Field Days were held in the University of Detroit stadium, two shows Saturday, two shows Sunday. Later (late 50's??) it moved to Briggs Stadium and cut to a single day. In '51 I was 4 years old. In '52 I became one of the Police Clowns, along with the sons of other Police Clowns. The only one I recognize is Humphrey, and only because he is riding his Humphrey Cycle -- the tricycle with the house.
Subject: and ABOVE ALL Joe,
Seriously tho I thought this was a good flik. I liked the motorcycles.
Does anyone know if that stadium was where the Detroit Lions played ball ? Just wondering.
Subject: Whatchoo gonna do, whatchoo gonna do..
First of all, when he is trained, it appears that half of it is done in your skivvies. Um. Why this is is never explained. After 3 months of training, (some with their clothes on) Youre off to the streets of Chicago, where hes helping lost kids, writing tickets and stealing newspapers from traveling homeowners. Soon, hes promoted to a squad car!! Their first call.. FAMILY TROUBLE!!! (Domestic Situation hadnt entered the English language apparently). Unfortunately, its only a bickering wife giving him an earful about how her and her husband can argue any way they want, and if they want to throw things around, then thats all right! The policeman runs out of there, tail between his legs. Soon, theres off to another call! A hold up at a wage office! They go there, sirens blazing, and they enter.. We dont see what happens, but we hear gunshots, and the narrator said the recruits partner has been shot!
By who is never explained.
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